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Lesson 2: UK Geography & History, Part 1

Lesson 2: UK Geography & History, Part 1

Compare similarities and differences between England, Scotland, and Wales. Identify England, Scotland, Wales, and capital cities on a map. Illustrate historical areas on a map.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  UK geography and history

Time:  90 minutes

Preparation

Objectives

  1. Define goals for the semester.
  2. Compare similarities and differences between England, Scotland, and Wales.
  3. Identify England, Scotland, and Wales and each capital city on a map.
  4. Illustrate several historical areas on a map.

Assessment

  1. Check goals in Homework notebook.
  2. Elicit ideas from the groups and draw a chart on the board.
  3. Check student maps.
  4. Observe map presentations.

Materials

  • Optional: See the video on YouTube showing a demonstration of this lesson.
  • Make one copy of the England, Scotland, and Wales Information for the teacher.
  • Make one copy of the UK map example for the teacher.
  • Make one copy of the Course Outline for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Blank UK map for each student.

Procedure

Warm up (15 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question on the board (while you check the homework).
    • "Do you think it is a good idea to speak only English in this class?  Why or why not?"
  • Discuss together as a class and take a poll. 

 

Course Outline (20 minutes)

  • Explain the procedures, rules, consequences, and rewards for the term.

 

Goals for the Semester (10 minutes)

  • Ask students to think about the two questions and write their answers in their homework notebook.
    • "What goals would you like to set for yourself in this class?”
    • "How will you accomplish your goals by the end of the semester?”

 

Introduce Roles in group work (5 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get into groups and choose a role.
  • Explain the different roles (If there are only 4 people in a group, then the Facilitator can also keep track of time).
    • Facilitator: leads the group discussion
    • Note-taker: write things down as needed
    • Reporter: presents information to the class
    • English monitor: makes sure everyone is speaking English
    • Time keeper: keeps track of how much time is remaining for an activity

 

Similarities and Differences between England, Scotland, and Wales (10 minutes)

  • “What are the similarities and differences between England, Scotland, and Wales?”
  • Ask the students to brainstorm similarities and differences (the note-taker should write down their ideas) for about 5 minutes.
  • Elicit ideas from the groups. Draw a chart on the board displaying the students’ ideas.

 

Geography of England, Scotland, and Wales (20 minutes)

  • Ask the students to fill in their maps with country names and capital cities.
  • Ask the students to try to find 2 – 3 significant historical or geographical areas from the book. Label the areas on the map (e.g., location of battles, place of King Arthur or Robin Hood, northern and southern divisions, etc.).
  • Ask the reporters to present their maps to the class.

 

Q&A (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to look at their homework questions and/or responses to ask additional questions about the unit.

 

Homework

  • Read Unit 2 and write 3 questions or responses.

Printable Worksheets

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England, Scotland, and Wales Information
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UK Map Example
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Course Outline
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